Once you try these wildly easy Air Fryer Green Beans, it’s likely the only way you’ll ever want to cook them. Whip up a batch of tender yet crispy green beans with simple spices in under 10 minutes. This side dish is clutch when paired alongside hearty main entrees for weeknight dinners, holiday entertaining, and all else!

green beans with lemon wedges on black plate

Ahhh, I love me some green beans, y’all. They’re truly one of my favorite greens to have on a plate. Sautéing them has always been my go-to method when pairing alongside a main dish, but the way that I am obsessed with my air fryer tho, ha. I’ve been making my beans in the air fryer ever since and decided that you need to as well. From holiday dinners to weeknight dinners, you’ll love it!

Easy Air Fryer Green Beans 🙌🏾

Mmm hmm. These air fryer green beans whip up in under 15 minutes, they’re perfectly tender yet crispy, and freakin’ delish. Whether you’re entertaining and need to free up stovetop or oven space or just want a quick and easy side dish to add into your rotation, this is it!

⇢ When it comes to green beans, my Southern Green Beans and this insanely delicious Homemade Green Bean Casserole need to be on your radar 👅

black hand grabbing crispy green beans with wooden tongs

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe

Here are the main highlights I appreciate about this side dish:

  1. So simple, so easy– Honestly, the air fryer is one of the best creations, ever. Seriously, technology amazes me lol. Minimal ingredients. No extra pots or pans are needed. Foolproof and straightforward, yes indeed. These air fryer green beans come together with the speed of light!
  2. Flavorful & crispy– I use simple spices because green beans don’t need a whole lot of seasoning. And they’re the perfect spices to do the trick. I also love the crispy, crunchy outside texture of these green beans, swoon.
  3. Versatile + customizable– Air fryer green beans are a staple come dinner time, holiday meals, and everything in between. You can also season them to your personal preference and make them your own with toppings and more!
ingredients for air fryer green beans on baking sheet

Ingredients Needed For This Recipe:

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Green beans: I love haricot verts (French green beans), but regular green beans will do the trick. And we’re using *fresh* green beans!
  • Oil: For coating the green beans to achieve a nice crispity-crisp.
  • Salt & pepper: Gotta have the basic, classic duo.
  • Garlic powder: The other spice that completes the chefs kiss vibe, mmm.
  • Red pepper flakes: A little heat in the mix for contrast.
  • & lemon wedges for serving- optional.

⇢ Just a few pantry staple ingredients for these air fryer green beans!

How To Make Air Fryer Green Beans:

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. Put the green beans into a colander and rinse the green beans. Then pat them dry with a paper towel. If the top part of your green beans isn’t trimmed, go ahead and trim that part.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the green beans, olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if using). Toss everything together until the green beans are fully coated in the mixture.
  4. Empty the green beans into the air fryer basket, and shake the basket to evenly spread them out in as much of a single layer as possible.
  5. Air fry the green beans for 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer the crisp green beans to a serving plate or platter. Serve immediately with your main dishes and enjoy ya life. Oh yeah!

What To Serve With Green Beans

This air fryer side dish pairs well with a lot of main entrees like:

green beans with lemon wedges on small black platter

Tips + Tricks, FAQs & Recipe Variations

Here’s some extra information about these air fryer green beans:

  • Can I use frozen green beans? I highly recommend fresh green beans for the best taste and texture. If you only have frozen green beans, you can air fry them, no need to thaw.
  • Green bean size. Haricot verts are a bit longer than regular green beans. Feel free to snap or cut your green beans in half for a smaller size.
  • Air fry in a single layer. Add the green beans into the air fryer basket in as much of a single layer as you can (it’s okay if some of them overlap). This will ensure that the entire batch gets nice and crispy with good airflow.
  • Double batch cooking. If you want to scale the recipe, be sure to cook the green beans in batches, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  • Serve green beans, STAT. The crispy exterior yet tender center of these air fryer green beans is best enjoyed right away after cooking. Try not to let them sit around or they will lose their razzle-dazzle. However, you can pop them back in the air fryer to crisp up for 1-2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan. We love a squeeze of a lemon wedge over the beans for a touch of brightness on the palate. Although, a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan is DIVINE over them, too.

Storing Leftover Green Beans

Keep leftover green beans stored inside an airtight container and they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through or pop back into the air fryer at 350°F for about 4-5 minutes.

closeup of air fryer green beans on black plate with lemon wedges

Listen, these Air Fryer Green Beans are one of the best ways to whip up a batch of green beans with a quickness, period. Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

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green beans with lemon wedges on black plate

Quick & Easy Crispy Air Fryer Green Beans

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  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Once you try these wildly easy Air Fryer Green Beans, it’s likely the only way you’ll ever want to cook them. Whip up a batch of tender yet crispy green beans with simple spices in under 10 minutes. This side dish is clutch when paired alongside hearty main entrees for weeknight dinners, holiday entertaining, and all else!


Ingredients

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  • 12 ounces fresh haricot verts (or regular fresh green beans)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes- optional
  • Lemon wedges, for serving- optional

Instructions

  1. Prep the green beans. Put the green beans into a colander and rinse the green beans. Then pat them dry with a paper towel. If the top part of your green beans isn’t trimmed, go ahead and trim that part.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine the green beans, olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if using). Use your hands (fitted with disposable gloves if desired) to toss everything together until the green beans are fully coated in the mixture.
  4. Empty the green beans into the air fryer basket, and shake the basket to evenly spread them out in as much of a single layer as possible.
  5. Air fry the green beans for 10 minutes, tossing/shaking them at the halfway mark. If you prefer your green beans to have more of a crispy/charred texture, air fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  6. Transfer the crisp green beans to a serving plate or platter. Serve immediately with lemon wedges to squeeze a little brightness over the beans. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Storing leftover green beans: Keep leftover green beans stored inside an airtight container and they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through or pop back into the air fryer at 350°F for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Please read blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.